Save the Ugali!

I recently visited smallholder farmers in Iringa, Tanzania, with a team of nine journalists. We learned that ugali, the most common staple starch in my home country of Kenya, is under threat! But we also saw some incredible projects underway to save the dish.

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“Let the Data Speak for Themselves” is Bad Advice

Professor David Williams, public health researcher at Harvard, frames the black-white life expectancy gap with a metaphor to help people understand the data.

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Can Teamwork Make a Dream Work in Montgomery County?

Montgomery County is home to 88,000 people who are food insecure, which means they don't know when or how they'll get their next meal. A new bill—supported by Burness—aims to change that.

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Who Claps at a Funeral?

Adam Zimmerman describes what it was like to be at President Obama’s town hall on policing, race relations and guns.

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Speed Panels Can Work: Five Lessons for Panel Planners

Want to keep your audience engaged during a panel? Here are some tips.

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Introducing the Jargon Jar

The Burness blog team recently unveiled the jargon jar, a new initiative to help us use better words. Here's how it works.

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If You Care About Children’s Health, We’ve Got Good News

From Colorado to Cherokee County, South Carolina, several places have seen declining childhood obesity rates. Each community has a unique story. But there are some common themes.

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#ZombieDilemma: Humor Can Backfire in a Public Health Campaign

Humor has been used for years in public health communication campaigns. These campaigns might garner attention, but how effective are they at driving behavior change?

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Four Questions with Saburi Chirimi

Saburi Chirimi has been advancing social change from our Nairobi office since 2014. In this interview, Julie Mankowski explores the projects Saburi works on, the impact they have, and why she calls her bike “Chuck Norris.”

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A Living Reminder: Planning a Maternal Health Event While Pregnant

Marianna Sachse helped plan a maternal health event while pregnant. Here's what she learned.

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